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HPA-Immune Dysregulation

The impacts of stress are far reaching, often overlooked are the damaging effects of stress on the immune system. This poses a significant risk to immune health with 1 in 3 Australian adults reporting that severe stress affects their daily lives.

Although the acute stress response is designed to provide protection against various threats, the impacts of chronic unresolved stress on immune function range from: increased inflammation, suppression of immune cell numbers and their function, and altered T1 - T2 balance, thus chronic stress becomes immuno-pathological. This may eventually present clinically as recurrent or stealth infections, atopic conditions or auto-immune diseases.

More recently, our understanding of the complex interactions between the endocannabinoid (eCB) system and stress has evolved. Teneille will present emerging evidence on the significant bidirectional effects of eCB and stress, and further impacts on CB2 receptors present in immune cells, modulating cytokine release and immune cell migration.

In this webinar, Teneille will share:

  • Describe the links between chronic stress and immune dysregulation
  • Describe the role of the endocannabinoid system in stress management and modulation of immune function
  • Review the evidence for nutritional supplements and herbal medicines in the treatment of chronic stress and compromised immune function
  • Explain the role of the pharmacist in encouraging diet and lifestyle changes to improve mental health and benefit immune function.

Materials available include:

  • Video Recordings
  • Audio Recordings
  • Digital Notes and Resources
  • CPE Certificate of Attendance (1.5 Contact Hours)